Paranoid Mom Question :)

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Registered: 04-20-2009
Paranoid Mom Question :)
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Mon, 02-15-2010 - 4:52pm


So, I'm a bit nuts because though I've been back just one week and am pumping more than enough milk each day, I'm concerned that I'll end up making my supply drop and not being able to go the full year. I realize it's a bit early to worry so much, so I'm trying to remind myself of that- but right now I'm struggling with not being home with him and want to do this 'right' so I know I'm still taking care of him.

I'm gone almost 11 hours, I'm pumping 4 times usually and getting close to 18-20 ounces. He's eating about 12 ounces during that time. Today I accidentally went longer than I meant between pumps and really only have time to get 3 in. But in those 3 I got 20 ounces.

So, question is if I'm getting enough do I need to keep the pumping session number up, or am I okay if I go longer between and do less sessions and then increase sessions again only if I need to? I don't know if it's a realistic concern that I'd decrease supply and never get it back up, or if you can usually increase supply through methods such as adding sessions, taking Phenegreek, etc.

I'm hoping to calm a bit and know it'll all be okay very soon!

by the way, this weekend I often had more than he wanted and ended up needing to pump several times, which is part of why I think I might be able to drop that one session for now.

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Registered: 08-02-2006
Mon, 02-15-2010 - 6:37pm

I think since you are making *so* much more than he's taking over that time period, it would make sense to drop a pump and spread out your pumping times.

*SPENCER* happy Mami of two precious princesses! 

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